Jack is not remembered on the war memorial at Christchurch Park.


Born: 1914, Ipswich.

Died: 25th April 1942; age 28; aircraft lost on a delivery flight from Canada to the UK.


William was a sergeant in the R.A.F.V.R. when he was commissioned in September 1941 as Air Observer.


Rank: Pilot Officer; Service Number: 46823.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Ferry Command.


Medals Awarded: Distinguished Flying Cross – 13th February 1942 of No. 218 Squadron – This officer participated in the squadron’s operational activities in France and afterwards when it operated from this country. He has shown himself to be an outstanding navigator/bomb aimer, whose efficiency, devotion to duty and coolness in action have enabled his crew to carry out highly successful raids on long distance targets such as Berlin, Stettin and Turin in difficult weather conditions. On one occasion, whilst attacking Duisburg, one engine of his aircraft was put out of action by enemy shellfire. Nevertheless, his captain jettisoned all moveable gear and kept the aircraft flying, and Pilot Officer Woodmason navigated it back to base where a safe landing was made.


Memorial Reference:


Ottawa Memorial,




Relatives Notified & Address: Son of William Carey Woodmason, and of Mabel Harriet Woodmason, of Felixstowe, Suffolk.




Father: William Carey Woodmason, born 1880, Kensington, Middlesex – died 1935, Suffolk. An Electrician.

Mother: Mabel Harriet Woodmason (nee Rattee), born 1884, Ipswich.


In November 1941, at St. Margaret’s Church, Ipswich, William married Margaret V. Robinson, born 1921, Brentford, Middlesex.


William is also remembered on the war memorial at the Sea Front, Felixstowe Suffolk.


25th April 1942


Aircraft: Liberator; serial number: 41-1119. Took-off from Gander, island of Newfoundland for a delivery flight to Prestwick, Scotland. Just after midnight a wireless S.O.S. was sent from the Liberator over the west coast of Ireland. Nothing more was heard from the aircraft. An aerial search was put into operation for several days, but nothing of the aircraft or crew was found.


Herbert Reginald Carefoot; Group Captain/Pilot; age 37; R.C.A.F.

Mervyn John Cameron Stanley; Wing Commander/Pilot; age 33; R.A.F.

Leo Benedict Doherty; Radio Operator; age 24; R.A.F. Ferry Command.

Hamish Ian Douglas; Flight Engineer; age 25; R.A.F. Ferry Command.


William, Herbert Carefoot and Mervyn Stanley are remembered on the Ottawa Memorial. Leo Doherty and Hamish Douglas are remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, Surrey.


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